Having never heard of a band or their previous work can give a listener an advantage. Though they have released four albums previously, In Crescendo is my first experience with Italy's Kingcrow, and I have no presuppositions or expectations before me.
Well, maybe that's not entirely true. I did know that Kingcrow are a progressive rock band, so having the expectation of something on a more complex or technical scale was certainly self-evident. Indeed, to this end, Kingcrow doesn't disappoint. The arrangements here offer a good degree of intrigue, yet without sacrificing the simple element of accessibility.
For instance, the opener, Right Before, is largely a heavier rock song, with the prog developed in the latter third. The Drowning Line takes a similar path; it's mostly a heavier melodic rock piece. Then there's Morning Rain, a generally quiet and ambient number, which echoes a blend of Riverside and Pink Floyd, until it erupts in a metal finish. But it still not quite prog. You'll find that mostly with This Ain't Another Love Song or the longer title track. The latter song offers the greater depth of intrigue, thanks to the more expansive arrangement, and will probably please prog enthusiasts the most. Yet, from start to finish, on In Crescendo, Kingcrow weaves an immensely entertaining tapestry of music, a fine merger of melodic heavier rock with it's progressive rock and metal counterparts. Quite recommended.
From start to finish, on In Crescendo, Kingcrow weaves an immensely entertaining tapestry of music, a fine merger of melodic heavier rock with it's progressive rock and metal counterparts.
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